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Referendum in Antigo School District Defeated

08 Nov News

The Antigo School Board will meet next week to discuss future plans after their referendum was resoundingly defeated in Tuesday’s election.

The district was asking for money to construct a new elementary school. That school would have consolidated some of their schools. It would have cost more than $24 million dollars.

The Antigo Unified School District is currently made up of 7 elementary schools. Because of the defeat, another consolidation will likely begin. It would close 4 elementary schools, shift 4-5 graders to middle school and 8th graders to high school.

Their district newsletter said the new school would have saved $1.3 million in annual operational savings including reductions in administrative, teaching, support staff, transportation, maintenance, and utilities.

Voters were also asked to exceed their revenue limit in a second question.

The referendum was defeated by a 3-1 margin.